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December 30th, 2012

Azarenka Leads Stacked Brisbane: ATP/WTA Previews

Notes: Not the prettiest field for the million-dollar oil-laden event, as the top dogs take the exo cash this week in Abu Dhabi…”Gasquet Back!” says the ATP website!…(8) Andujar opens against the Wimbledon Nadal-killer Rosol, and (3) Kohlschreiber will likely meet Monfils in the second round…Of the seeded players, only Youzhny and Troicki have career winning records in Doha…Davydenko (2010) is the lone returning champ in the field.

Posted by Staff @ 1:25 pm in Tennis | 5 Comments »

August 27th, 2012

Federer Forever (Beating) Young; Williams Sisters Tues. at US Open

Sharapova is coming off a few weeks missing play due to a stomach virus, with the pain leading her to take a pregnancy test, which came out negative. Azarenka in a late match rolled over Russian Alexandra Panova 6-1, 6-0.

Posted by Staff @ 11:50 pm in US Open | 119 Comments »

August 11th, 2012

Federer, Djokovic, Serena Headline Cincinnati Tennis: Previews

the Top 8 seeds receive first round byes, and tough openers include (15) Kohlschreiber vs. (WC) Baker, winner to meet the Harrison vs. Tomic victor; (10) Fish vs. F-Lo, (8) Monaco possibly vs. The Worm 2nd rd., (4) Ferrer possibly vs. Wawrinka 2nd rd., (14) Nishikori vs. Granoller, winner to possibly meet (WC) Blake; (11) Simon vs. Baghdatis, winner to meet Raonic vs. Gasquet victor; (6) Del Potro vs. Nalbandian/Haas winner, (9) Isner vs. Viktor Troicki, victor to face (WC) Hewitt vs. Mikhail Youzhny winner; (3) Murray possibly opening vs. (WC) Querrey, and (13) Dolgopolov vs. Davydenko

Posted by Staff @ 10:22 pm in Tennis | 5 Comments »

June 27th, 2012

Stosur, Woz Lead Seeded Exodus at Wimbledon; X-Notes

Former world No. 1 junior Arantxa Rus ousted No. 5 Sam Stosur 6-2, 0-6, 6-4, and Austrian Tamira Paszek outlasted former No. 1 and No. 7 seed Caroline Wozniacki 5-7, 7-6(4), 6-4 to lead the charge of the unseeded.

Posted by Staff @ 11:11 pm in Tennis, Wimbledon | 335 Comments »

June 8th, 2012

Sharapova v Errani: Let’s Play ‘Will She Choke?’ at French Open

Neither Sharapova nor Errani have appeared in the final at Roland Garros before, so the chances of the Sharapova service yips returning, or Errani feeling the moment, will loom large.

Posted by Staff @ 10:24 am in French Open, Tennis | 7 Comments »

June 6th, 2012

Sharapova Nears No. 1 And Career Slam, Can Kvitova Stop Her In French Open Semifinals?

Maria Sharapova is on the verge of her own history weekend.

Posted by Staff @ 10:17 pm in French Open | 90 Comments »

June 6th, 2012

Stosur, Errani into French Semis; Sharapova, Kvitova Up Wednesday

Errani will next face Stosur, who beat down No. 15 seed Dominika Cibulkova 6-4, 6-1. The Italian Errani is 0-5 career against Stosur, another mountain to climb.

Posted by Staff @ 12:53 am in Tennis | 10 Comments »

June 4th, 2012

Federer v Del Potro, Djokovic v Tsonga; Men’s French Open QF Picks And Pans: There Are No Easy Draws Left

Will Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic meet for a second straight year in the French Open semifinals?

Posted by Sean Randall @ 7:32 pm in French Open | 412 Comments »

June 2nd, 2012

Nadal, Murray, Ferrer Dominate At French Open; Men’s Sweet 16 Picks And Previews

Who’ll be winners Sunday as the men’s top half play their Sweet 16?

Posted by Sean Randall @ 11:01 pm in French Open | 375 Comments »

May 30th, 2012

Venus Joins Serena on Early Sidelines at French Open; Thursday Previews

“This is just the beginning for me,” said Venus, happy to be on the court again, and working toward a rankings eligibility to play the Olympics for the U.S. “Again. I have to be positive when I walk out on the court. I’m not playing under ideal circumstances but at the moment it’s about improving Olympic chances so I’ll deal with this somehow.”

Posted by Staff @ 11:17 pm in French Open | 142 Comments »

January 17th, 2012

Kvitova, Top Seeds Cruise; Stosur Exits Early at Australian Open

Unless you count the choking Sam Stosur, the story of the continued round one on Tuesday at the Australian Open was the far-away level of the top players compared to even the upper level of the rank and file.

Posted by Staff @ 7:22 am in Tennis | 9 Comments »

October 26th, 2011

Stosur Finally Beats Sharapova; Wozniacki Wins At WTA Championships

In her tenth try, Sam Stosur finally beats Maria Sharapova.

Posted by Staff @ 12:46 am in Tennis | 11 Comments »

September 11th, 2011

Serena Smacks Woz Around, Faces Stosur in US Open Final

“I’m so happy,” Williams said on court afterwards. “Especially with 9/11, to be an American and still in the tournament. I really want to play tomorrow on such a special day for America. It’s been such an arduous, long road. I can’t believe it.”

Posted by Staff @ 12:49 am in Tennis, US Open | 129 Comments »

September 5th, 2011

Roddick Says U.S. Charged, Zvonareva Wins Sunday at US Open

“I think there’s a healthy jealousy going on right now, which is good,” Roddick said of the American success. “It’s only good to help. If Donald Young sees Ryan Harrison play well in the summer, he’s going to not want to fall behind. I think that’s what you saw with that golden generation is that they were able to push each other.”

Posted by Staff @ 12:07 am in Tennis | 297 Comments »

August 14th, 2011

Djokovic, Serena Capture Canadian Open Titles; Tennis-X Notes

Best headline of the week from Canada’s National Post: “Anderson drops a piano on Murray at Rogers Cup”…

Posted by Staff @ 10:17 pm in Tennis | 36 Comments »